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Zeebo To Launch Console Aimed At Gamers In Developing Countries

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Posted March 19, 2009 - By r_pad

Zeebo To Launch Console Aimed At Gamers In Developing Countries

Millions of gamers aren't happy with the price of current-generation consoles, but what about gamers in developing countries? In places where the average monthly salary equals a few hundred U.S. dollars, buying a PlayStation 3 or an Xbox 360 is out of the question. This is where Zeebo comes in. Set to launch in Brazil and expand to other developing nations, Zeebo's console will be cheaper than the current crop of gaming systems and feature less expensive games, as well. VentureBeat's "Dancing" Dean Takahashi reported:

"The console is about the size of a Wii and  plays games with the graphics quality of a decade ago. It can handle 3-D graphics but can’t match the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 in that respect. It’s more like the quality in between the original PlayStation and PlayStation 2, which debuted in the 1990s. The resolution is 640 x 480, about the same as many older computers. The system is unique in that it usesQualcomm’s 3G chip set as its central processor and graphics. That’s right. It uses a chip set meant for high-end smart phones." 

It's interesting that this console uses a smart-phone chip, but according to Zeebo CEO John Rizzo, wireless broadband connections are more prevalent than wired ones in the countries the company is targeting.

Personally, I'm not sure that Zeebo will take off or that it's even necessary. In many developing countries, consoles from one or two generations ago sell well. In those countries, software is often pirated and sold for a few dollars (or less). Rizzo will be at next week's GamesBeat conference, so hopefully I'll get a chance to ask him how Zeebo can compete with older, established consoles and software piracy.

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